TV bailiffs hound NHS staff for parking cash
NHS nurses are being “hounded” by debt collectors linked to Channel 5’s bailiff show Can’t Pay? We’ll Take It Away over huge fines from hospital parking.
Frontline staff working 12 and a half-hour shifts have been threatened with court action by DCB Legal, whose sister firm DCBL provides the repo men featured in the hit TV series.
DCBL (Direct Collection Bailiffs Ltd) is valued at £1.8million and both are run from the same £1.7million HQ in Runcorn, Cheshire, by millionaire
Michelle Dalany-Payne, 52, a £19,000-a-year psychiatric nursing assistant at Eastbourne District General Hospital, faces a £3,340 bill dating back to January 2019.
Her colleague Tilli Catt, 23, who is four months pregnant, has been hit with a demand for £2,380. She said: “At times the machines weren’t working. We even put the money on our dashboards.”
Legal and admin costs are believed to have swelled fines from an initial £35. Shadow Health Minister Justin Madders said: “Anyone hearing about this will be appalled.”
Neither DCB Legal nor the contractor that hired them, First Parking, responded to requests for comment.